McCarthy, Jeffries Reportedly Develop Positive Relationship

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( – The relationship between Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is incredibly different than the one that McCarthy had with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during the last Congress. The most notable difference is the fact that the two actually appear to have a relationship, according to The Hill.

The outlet noted that Pelosi had previously called McCarthy a “moron” while McCarthy had joked that it would not be easy to not hit Pelosi with the Speaker gavel after he won it. House Republicans during Pelosi’s reign had also complained about not being informed about legislation and negotiations.

However, Jeffries and McCarthy often appear to be communicating on the House Floor. McCarthy and other top Republicans have also thanked Jeffries for his cooperation in the handling of a number of issues including the China Select Committee and a members’ briefing by the director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) a close ally of McCarthy said that while the two are not “best friends” they do have a “degree of communication.” He added that this was fundamentally different from what had been happening before.

The Hill reported that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House GOP conference, also spoke positively about the relationship between the two while Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), stated that they have a “very professional” dynamic which is “good for Congress and the country.”

In January, McCarthy managed to win the Speakership after a long vote. He had previously served as the minority leader for four years under Pelosi.

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